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Florida Product Liability Lawyers for Cases Involving Defective Toys

There are a variety of factors that put children at risk for serious injury from choking hazards. Young children often use their mouths and hands in conjunction when exploring unfamiliar objects, and all types of items can provide relief from teething pain for infants and toddlers. Young children may also put objects in their mouths thinking they might be food.

As children grow older, they continue to face certain risks. Even at age 10, a child’s esophagus is much smaller than that of an adult. This means that they are more prone to choking on everything from building blocks to candy, and from balls to shards of broken toys. Toys made of hazardous and toxic substances can present choking hazards as well, both directly and by causing swelling of the esophagus – which can lead to asphyxiation.

Common Choking Hazards for Children

Any toy that a child can place in his or her mouth has the potential to be a choking hazard. This includes entire toys (such as small beads and figurines) as well as small parts and fragments. Some of the most common choking hazards for children of all ages include:

  • Art supplies
  • Balloons
  • Batteries
  • Building blocks
  • Magnets
  • Marbles and small balls
  • Small toys and toys with small parts
  • Toys made of toxic and hazardous materials
  • Toys that are prone to splintering or breaking
  • Toys that look like food

What to Do if Your Child Has Choked on a Toy

If your child has choked on a toy, it is important that you take appropriate steps to protect your family’s legal rights. Manufacturers and retailers deserve to be held accountable for putting children in danger, and your family deserves to recover full and fair compensation for the effects of your child’s injury. Some of the basic steps parents can take to protect their legal rights after a choking incident include:

  • Seeking prompt medical attention for their child, being sure to tell the doctor exactly what happened.
  • Keeping the choking hazard in its current condition.
  • Ensuring that their child follows all prescribed medical advice and attends any follow-up appointments as scheduled.
  • Keeping track of expenses resulting from the choking incident, including medical bills, medication costs and any other out-of-pocked expenses.
  • Seeking prompt legal representation from a firm experienced in product liability

At Searcy Denney, we bring decades of experience to representing families with children who have been injured by dangerous toys and other choking hazards. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation in product liability cases, including numerous multi-million-dollar awards. If your family is entitled to compensation, our attorneys will fight to maximize your recovery – whether that means negotiating an out-of-court settlement or taking your case to verdict in court.

Contact Us for More Information

To learn more about your family’s legal rights, we encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. One of our product liability lawyers will be happy to meet with you personally to discuss what happened and explain the options your family has available. Call (800) 780-8607 to schedule an appointment at your convenience, or submit our consultation request form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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